Fri
06
Mar

Win Tickets for final Daily Show and contribute to a worthy cause

On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced that through Omaze they will be raffling off tickets for the final episode of The Daily Show. 

The prize includes:

  • Get 2 tickets to Jon Stewart’s last ever taping of The Daily Show
  • Receive exclusive Daily Show memorabilia
  • Be flown out to NYC and put up in a 4-star hotel

All proceeds go to Night of Too Many Stars and New York Collaborates for Autism.  My cousin Marcus was just diagnosed with Autism, and my wife works closely with numerous autistic and other classified kids as a special education teacher.  This is a cause that is particularly important to me.  And of course, I am also a huge Daily Show fan, so I am glad to be able to provide a little publicity for this. 

Fri
06
Mar

Ginnifer Goodwin Gets Her Pixie Dust On in Disney's NeverBeast

Tinker Bell Pixie Hollow NeverBeast Ginnifer Goodwin Mae Whitman Disney

In Pixie Hollow, every fairy has a role. Fawn (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a fairy whose specialty lies with helping animals. But her big heart sometimes has her making dangerous decisions, underscored in the beginning of this film when we find she's been tending an injured baby hawk. Apparently hawks are the natural predators of fairies, and Fawn's attempt to return the baby to the wild results in near-catastrophe. As a result, she makes a promise to Queen Clarion (Anjelica Huston) that she will be more responsible.

Shortly thereafter, a green comet flashes by, one that returns every 900 and some odd years. Its glow awakens a large hibernating animal, who does strange things. When Fawn encounters the beast, there's an "Androcles and the Lion" moment that bonds them, and then she tries to learn everything about the creature's strange activities, which include building rock towers.

Fri
06
Mar

Open Mike Night - Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1 & Good As Lily

By Gina and Mike Maillaro

Mike: We have a special guest this week!  My wife agreed to help create "fill-in" issues for if Open Mike Night was running behind schedule..  This was actually written a few weeks ago in case of emergencies.  And this week, I was out of town for most of the week and then Weaver's internet was down.  Our regularly scheduled column should be up early next week. 

My wife is an OG comic geek.  Her first comic was Kingdom Come.  She hasn’t read comics in a while, but she’s still got a lot to say.  Hi, honey!

Thu
05
Mar

Burton and Depp's Chocolate Factory Less Dream, More Nightmare in 10th Anniversary Blu-Ray

Tim Burton Johnny Depp Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tenth Anniversary Blu-ray

I'm a Tim Burton fan. Flat out, I've loved everything of his I've seen, from the Michael Keaton BATMAN film through the black and white FRANKENWEENIE short. Even SWEENEY TODD is on my list of Burton masterpieces.

But until recently, I had not seen CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which puts a slight dent in what I considered a perfect record.

If you've read the Roald Dahl book, or seen the slightly renamed Gene Wilder film WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, then you may be somewhat taken aback by the deviations made in this version of the film. Oh, for the most part, it's the same story: Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) is a good kid from a poor family; Willie Wonka (Johnny Depp) agrees to open his mysterious factory to those who find hidden Golden Tickets; rotten kids from around the world make the cut; cue the Oompa-Loompas for every lesson learned as the rotten kids become victims of their own flaws.

Thu
05
Mar

Nightmare Nurse and Deadman take spotlight in Justice League Dark: Paradise Lost

When the New 52 was announced, Justice League Dark was one of the titles I was most excited about. Part of that was that I really loved Shadowpact, and this seemed like the natural evolution of that series. And adding the Justice League name would be good on getting that book a little more attention. I also liked Peter Milligan's work on X-Statix and Human Target, and Mikel Janin is one of my favorite artists.

Wed
04
Mar

Cheap Pops - Wrestling News & Views: March 4, 2015

Cheap Pops - March 4, 2015

by Chris Delloiacono, Mike Maillaro and Jeff Ritter

This week!

  • ESPN 30 for 30: The Von Erichs

  • The Intercontinental Title

  • New Japan Cup

Tue
03
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 4, 2015

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Comics Shipping This Week


Descender #1 – Jeff Lemire is pretty much as close as you get to a guaranteed good comic.  Descender is a sci-fi series coming out from Image about a young android trying to survive in a world where android have been banned.  And Dustin Nguyen is doing the art.  I loved his work on Lil Gotham.  Lemire is also doing All-New Hawkeye this week, and I am looking forward to both titles.

Mon
02
Mar

Here Come Da Fudge -- The Vanilla Fudge -- With the Spirit of '67

Vanilla Fudge Spirit of 67 Critical Blast

SPIRIT OF ‘67 is the first album by Vanilla Fudge in 10 years. The group still retains three of the four original members of the band: Carmine Appice on drums, Mark Stein on lead vocals and keyboards, and Vince Martell on guitars. They’re joined by Pete Bremy on bass, who replaces Tim Bogert. The band continues to be true to their original form of playing covers of some of the greatest songs in rock and R&B. The only difference here is that, when they first started, the covers they did were of fairly current songs; now they are bona-fide classics.

On this album they cover songs that range from the Doors to the Stones, the Who to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, from Procol Harum to Marvin Gaye, and others, putting their own touch, their own style on every song.

Sun
01
Mar

CW's iZOMBIE a Mid-Season Premiere to Die For

iZombie CW Network DC Comics Critical Blast Rose McIver

The CW Network has yet another DC Comics show to add to its programming schedule -- but don't expect any crossovers with THE FLASH or ARROW.

iZombie was the creation of comics veterans Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and was part of DC's Vertigo line of horror comics. In the comics, the lead character was named Gwen, a girl who was a zombie who lived undetected among the living, but she had to eat a brain every month or lose her memories. Fortunately, her job as a gravedigger gave her ready access to food, at the cost of gaining the dead person's memories upon consumption of the brain.

Sat
28
Feb

The Million Dollar Quartet Returns To Rock The Fox Theatre

The Million Dollar Quartet runs Feb 27 - Mar 1 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

Some critics will scoff at The Million Dollar Quartet for its thin plot and light conflicts. If you see a review of this show somewhere that does exactly that, you should quit reading those critics because clearly they didn’t get it. This is a show based on actual events in which there wasn’t any real conflict. In fact, what conflict there is in this show is probably somewhat inflated if not outright fabricated. Every musical need not be as densely plotted as Rent or as elaborately staged as Warhorse. Sometimes a simple brick backdrop and four talented actors and musicians recreating a magical alignment of budding stars is all you need to keep the audience’s toes a-tappin’ until they raise the roof during the grand finale.

Sat
28
Feb

Cinderella Theatrical Poster Giveaway

Disney Cinderella 2015 Movie Poster Giveaway Critical Blast Sweepstakes Contest

This contest has ended. The randomly selected winner is: RAY P. of SHARON, PA.

A dream is a wish your heart makes. Well, if your heart is making a wish for this beautiful poster for Disney's live-action CINDERELLA starring Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter, then we just may be able to make that wish come true -- no bibbity, bobbity, or boo required.

Sat
28
Feb

Archie Comics takes us to some dark corners of Philadelphia in The Black Hood #1

Archie Comics has made numerous attempts over the years to bring back their Red Circle line of heroes. The biggest problem is that Marvel and DC have pretty much cornered the superhero market, so if someone is attempting to get in on the game, they need to bring something different to the table.

The latest attempt has brought in some big names in the comic industry to put a darker, more mature spin on the characters. This actually is my first exposure to the Red Circle characters. But since I enjoyed Afterlife with Archie and Sabrina so much, I figured it was worth checking this book out.

The Black Hood #1

Written by: Duane Swierczynski
Art by: Michael Gaydos
Cover by: Michael Gaydos
Colored by: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Lettered by: Rachel Deering

Fri
27
Feb

He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard Nimoy, 83

Leonard Nimoy 2015 Age 83 Spock Star Trek Critical Blast

Leonard Nimoy, star of stage and screen, and idol to millions of science fiction fans everywhere for his portrayal of the logical Vulcan, Spock, on STAR TREK, has passed away at age 83 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

There will be numerous articles appearing almost immediately detailing Nimoy's illustrious career. This isn't one of those. This is rather my personal remembrances of this actor, author, photographer and -- yes -- singer and musician.

Fri
27
Feb

CW to launch Arrow-Flash Spinoff featuring Atom, Captain Cold, and Firestorm

From Deadline:

DC Comics superheroes are uniting in a potential new drama series at the CW, a spinoff from hits Arrow and The Flash that will feature several fan-favorite recurring actors/characters from both shows. I have learned that the network has teamed with Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for a project eyed for next season toplined by Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz.

The untitled project, now in development, is described as a superhero team-up show. Routh, Miller and Garber will reprise their popular DC Comics characters  — Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Routh), Flash villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Miller), and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Garber). Because her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary, it is unclear whether Lotz will play the same or new superhero.

Fri
27
Feb

Will Smith Regains His "Focus" In This Smart, Sexy Con Artist Caper

Focus opens in theaters 2/27/15.

Will Smith is an easy actor to like. He doesn't interrupt award shows pining for Beyoncé like some people we could mention. He hasn't had a major meltdown on the set or in public. He's gone about his film career about as well as any top drawing actor truly could and yet he hasn't really had a huge hit at the box office for some time, at least in my opinion—2008’s “Hancock” was the last Smith movie I really enjoyed. That's about to change.

Thu
26
Feb

Capaldi, Coleman Reunite for Doctor Who Christmas Special; Frost Inspired Casting as Santa

Doctor Who Last Christmas Peter Capaldi Jenna Coleman BBC Critical Blast

I did not see the Doctor Who Christmas Special last Christmas. That is to say, I did not see the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "Last Christmas" last Christmas. Of course I've seen the Doctor Who Christmas Special, "Last Christmas," but I saw it last night on DVD.

The annual Doctor Who tradition traditionally provides some of the best stand-alone episodes of the show. And this one certainly plays with the viewers' heads -- and their hearts. The episode opens with Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) being awoken by such a clatter that has arose on her roof; so she springs from her bed to see what is the matter. When what to her wondering eyes should appear but two elves, a man in a Santa suit, and flying reindeer!

Thu
26
Feb

Teaser for Next Week's Star Wars: Rebels Season Finale

DisneyXD posted up a teaser for Monday's season finale of Star Wars: Rebels, "Fire Across the Galaxy."  I've really been enjoying Rebels, it definitely feels like Star Wars.  I know a lot of people preferred Clone Wars, but I just couldn't get into Clone Wars.  Rebels I was hooked from the first episode.  I really like the characters, especially Sabine and Hera.  I did think that Ezra was annoying in some of the earlier episodes, but even he's developed into a good character over the course of the series.

Watching this show, I really wonder what happens to these characters between Rebels and A New Hope.  It seems very likely to me that they pretty much would all have to die at some point, probably in some kind of act that starts to pull the threads of the Rebellion together. The teaser for the season finale definitely suggests someone will be dying next week, and I think Kanan is the most obvious choice.

Thu
26
Feb

Sofia the First Must Break The Curse of Princess Ivy

Sofia the First Disney Junior Curse of Princess Ivy DVD Critical Blast

Thus far, our plucky village-girl-turned-princess Sofia (Ariel Winter) has been lucky: nobody close to her -- not counting the scheming Cedric (Jess Harnell) -- has discovered that she has magical powers at her disposal thanks to the Amulet of Avalor, which allows her to talk to animals and call any princess to her in a time of dire need.

That lucky streak breaks, however, when her sister, Amber (Darcy Rose Byrnes) catches Sophia talking to her animal friends, forcing Sofia to tell her about the amulet's power. Amber's jealousy drives her to scheme a way to get to use the amulet herself, to call a princess of her own, just to meet her -- she's hoping for Rapunzel. But she is unaware of the amulet's legend:

Thu
26
Feb

Open Mike Night - Spider-Gwen #1/Amazing Spider-Man #131 (Aunt May goes Nuclear!)

Open Mike Night

by Mike Maillaro and Mike Weaver

 


Spider-Gwen #1

Written by: Jason Latour
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez
Colored by:  Rico Renzi
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover by: Robbi Rodriguez

Published by: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99

Wed
25
Feb

Life will once more be like a hurricane in Duckberg...in 2017!

From Deadline:

Disney XD is revisiting Ducktales. The network said today that it has ordered a new animated comedy series based on the Emmy-winning series that aired from 1987-1990 as part of The Disney Afternoon daily syndicated cartoon block. The new series is slated to launch in 2017. Produced by Disney Television Animation, Ducktales will again star Disney’s iconic characters Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck.

The new series will follow Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.

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